Coroner IDs hunter killed in potential accidental shooting
GRANBY — Grand County authorities are currently investigating a possible hunting accident Monday morning that resulted in the death of one man.
Details on the developing investigation were sparse Monday, but officials from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a man died earlier in the day after being shot by one of his hunting partners. The Grand County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity of the man as Ernest “Ernie” Ackerly, 43, of Centennial.
Lt. Dan Mayer, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said investigators are looking into the incident as a possible hunting accident and potential accidental shooting. Mayer confirmed that the deceased is not a Grand County resident, though no additional details about the man’s identity were immediately available.
The incident occurred at the far northwestern end of Grand County Road 41, north of Granby, a little after 7 a.m. Monday morning. Mayer said investigators are interviewing multiple witnesses who were on hand when the shooting occurred.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident along with officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. A crime scene processing unit from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was en route to Grand County late Monday morning to help local officials process the location where the shooting occurred.
This story is developing.